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What's New for 2023?

We are making some changes to our fall recreational program this year. Here are some of the important changes:

  • We are opening registration earlier this year.
  • You no longer register for a specific division of play. Instead, your division is determined based on grade level and the coaches' evaluations
  • Evaluations will happen earlier. This will give us more time to build teams.
  • Since evaluations will be a larger driver of play level (division), please consider evaluations attendance mandatory.

Important Dates

  • Registration will start on July 10, 2023 at noon
  • Evaluations will be the weekend of August 19th/20th
  • Practices will start after Labor Day weekend
  • Matches will begin on the weekend of September 9th/10th
  • The season ends with a final tournament on the weekend of October 21st/22nd

COVID Policy

We take the health of our players, their families, our coaches, and the community at large very seriously. While the impact of the COVID pandemic has diminished, we continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments to the league as required or as we deem appropriate.

Program Overview

MVSA Volleyball Club offers a girls' recreational league that runs during the fall (late August through October). The league has multiple divisions of play and can therefore be a wonderful fit for a wide range of athletes. It is open to girls in grades 4 through 8 and will teach volleyball skills and tactics while in competition with other girls of a similar age and skill level. Whether you have never played before or are a seasoned club player,  there is a place for you in the league.

Program Structure

At a high level, the MVSA Volleyball recreational league is structured as shown below. Please see the individual sections further down for more information.

  • Registration - Opens in mid/late summer from the registration page.
  • Evaluations - Evaluations happen in late August. This process drives our division assignments and is an important part of ensuring everyone has the best experience possible.
  • Practices/Clinics - Practices start the week after Labor Day. Teams will practice once a week for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Matches - Teams will participate in at least one match each weekend of the season.


Evaluations occur in late August at Lake Marion Community Center. This is NOT a tryout. Everyone who registers for the league will make a team and will play. This is our opportunity to get to know you, and to learn where you are as an athlete and volleyball player. Evaluations allows us to build out competitive divisions of play and to create evenly matched teams within them. This ensures the best possible experience for everyone involved.

Because the evaluation process is such a key component of making our recreational program a success, you should consider evaluations attendance to be mandatory.  For more detailed information on this topic please see our FAQ page.


The recreational league is comprised of two "classes" of play. The Junior class is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The Senior class is for rising 7th and 8th graders. Each class is further broken down into divisions based on experience/level of play.

Our goal is to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible. An important part of that is finding an appropriate level of play for everyone. Your class will be determined during registration, while your division is based on our evaluations process. The table below shows the breakdown of classes and divisions.

Class Division Level of Play
(Grades 4, 5, & 6)
1 Beginner/Intermediate
2 Intermediate/Advanced
(Grades 7 & 8)
3 Beginner/Intermediate
4 Intermediate/Advanced
5 Advanced

The exact breakdown of divisions will be dependent on the level shown by all players during the evaluation period. MVSA reserves the right to modify the divisions based upon the level of play shown, and this will be reflected as teams are made.


Teams will practice once a week at a school in the Montgomery Village area. Practice/clinic sessions are run by a master coach with team coaches assisting. Our master coaches come from MVSA's club volleyball program and have years of experience coaching young athletes. 


The season is seven weeks long and every team will participate in at least one match each weekend of the season. The first six weeks are the "regular season" while the final (seventh) week is a season-ending single elimination tournament. Team performance during the regular season will determine team seeding for the tournament. The tournament is a wonderful finale to the season and a lot of fun for everyone.

The match format and rules used will differ from division to division, but players in all divisions will be given the opportunity to apply what they have learned during practices in real game situations. The rules of each division are tailored to ensure that:

  • Every player has equal opportunity to participate in matches
  • The game mechanics are both age and skill level (class/division) appropriate
  • We are rewarding volleyball-positive behaviors (e.g., three contacts) as seen in the higher levels of the sport

Team Coaches

The MVSA recreational program relies on parent volunteers to serve as team coaches. Without these volunteers, the league would not be possible. Our use of a master coach to run practices/clinics ensures that all players receive high quality instruction as well as limits the amount of work that needs to be done by individual team coaches. There is no need to plan practices and you always have someone to go to if you have questions. If you have ever wanted to know more about coaching or volleyball (techniques, rules, etc.), or want to be more involved in your child's life, volunteering as a team coach can be a great way to get started. If you are ready to learn and can organize an email list, then you can coach in the rec league.

You can indicate your desire to serve as a team coach during athlete registration.



MVSA Volleyball Club
10079 Stedwick Rd Unit 2114
Montgomery Village, MD 20886